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Bourbon Barrel Aged Hi-Fi Rye - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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295 Ratings
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Ratings: 295
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 657
Gots: 91 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with 56% rye malt and caraway seed, aged 10 months in Woodford Reserve.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-11-2011)
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Photo of standardcherry
2.2/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

22oz batch 1 bottle poured into a snifter. Wow this is a gusher.

A: Hazy dark brown color. Almost black. Big cream colored head. Did not expect this from a BA beer.
S: I'm pretty sure this is infected. Sour apples and pears, big fruity smell. Some spicy rye character. Reminds me of Seizoen Bretta.
T: Sour. Definitely infected. Sour apples again, spiciness, a bit of caramel. A bit medicinal too.
M: Thin bodied with massive carbonation. This beer gushed over for hours. Not good.
O: I was looking forward to this but it's unfortunately infected. I have another bottle and will re-review soon. Wish I could contact Flossmoor but their website seems to be broken.

standardcherry, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of rpstevens
3/5  rDev -32.6%

rpstevens, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of Franch
3/5  rDev -32.6%

Franch, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of birdsellam
3/5  rDev -32.6%

birdsellam, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of morimech
3.1/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

I believe this to be the 2011 vintage. Pours a brown color with some red highlights. One finger of head forms and settles to a thick cap. Nice looking lacing is left down the glass during consumption.

Unfortunately this smells slightly oxidized. The wax seal was intact so not sure what is going on. A bit of a cardboard aroma going on that is not complimenting the bourbon. I pick up some mild spice and caramel/toffee malt.

Harsh bourbon flavor. More cardboard. Very boozy and borderline hot from the alcohol. Sweet malt with mild rye spice notes. I also pick up hints of vanilla.

Rich, lucious texture and wonderful carbonation. Feels big and smooth.

I muched preferred the regular, non-barrel-aged Hi-Fi Rye. This seems overly harsh and poorly handled at the brewery. A big letdown.

morimech, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of rowingbrewer
3.25/5  rDev -27%

rowingbrewer, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of Zaximus
3.25/5  rDev -27%

Batch 1

I've never popped a beer with a little rust showing on the cap. I'm scared.

Pours a very dark reddish brown with just a little head. Almost totally opaque.

Nose is sweet. Caramel. Brown Sugar. Malt. Not really getting any bourbon.

Taste follows the nose however there is a bitter astringency on the finish. This one is definitely a bit oxidized. It's not horrible, but I don't think I'll be finishing the bottle.

Wish I could have had this fresh.

Zaximus, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of chippo33
3.5/5  rDev -21.3%

chippo33, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of GregSVT
3.63/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into a snifter

A: Pours a dark brown with a nice tan head that fades to a big ring leaving some lacing on the glass. Like the regular version it pours thick as hell like syrup but it's much darker.

S: The nose is very weird. It has huge notes of rye and an earthy aroma I can't quite place. There are barely any barrel aromas coming out of this one besides some vanilla and the rye is huge compared to the regular version which was mainly hops and malt.

T: The taste is alot different from the nose. There are big tangy rye flavors with some vanilla, caraway/anise, and some very dark overipe fruits. It's almost sour but I hate to use that word. No hops here or the nose which is very odd.

M: The feel is even thicker than the regular version and very creamy.

O: This was nothing like I thought it would be. Maybe it wasn't cellared properly or maybe it's a bad bottle? This is now the 2nd barrel aged Rye beer I've had that tasted "off"...the other being Ry(e)an. Maybe they're not for me...

This one also had a rusty cap...maybe it's time to look into your capping and waxing technique.

GregSVT, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of VeganUndead
3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

VeganUndead, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

ygtbsm94, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of Lane1
3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

Lane1, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of kodt
3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

kodt, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of tarheels86
3.78/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650mL silver wax thanks to ygtbsm94. Tawny, clear, amber pour with lower carbonation. Sweeter maple nose with richer, buttery bourbon. Taste is tangy, maple, pretty light feeling, with thicker ganache. Richer palate. Not too sticky sweet. Muted fruitiness. Nice stuff.

tarheels86, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of Florida9
3.8/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted this one at the Lower Buffalo Grove Spring Gathering. Thanks to whomever brought it.

A: Dark brown and flat. Forms a slight film of micro-bubbles.

S: Huge aroma of bourbon, raisins, port, caramel, and syrup.

T: Hugely (and distractingly) sweet. Raisins, toffee, and oak. Almost port-like.

M: Thick and syrupy with virtually no carbonation. Almost medicinal

O: A very complex sipper of a beer that I found overly sweet. Enjoyed the non-BA version much better.

Florida9, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of MADhombrewer
3.83/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was part of a 7 bottle BA Barleywine tasting. Thanks to Hopsbreath for bringing this. Shared with hopsbreath, witchsbrew, and tulipsnifter.

Appearance- Unfiltered crimson. Almost a light plum color. Small off white head that doesn't last long at all. 3.5/5

Smell- Vanilla and maple syrup. Not very much after that. Some alcohol as it warms. 3.5/5

Taste- Vanilla and hard caramel candies. The rye comes out at the end. The alcohol makes an appearance in the end and when it warms. 4/5

Mouthfeel- Medium body that thins out quite fast and ends thin. A small chalky feel was there as well 3.5/5

Overall- Good but not overwhelming. I was glad to have it, though. 4/5



MADhombrewer, May 31, 2011
Photo of stakem
3.83/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 1 consumed along side the non-barrel aged version. The brew appears a dark amber mahogany color with orange clarity seen around the edges. Poor head retention fades leaving spotty lace sticking to the glass. A swirl revived a yellowish tan film back across the top.

The smell is sweet with caramel, oak, toffee and whiskey reinforced booze. Vanilla emerges and becomes increasingly noticeable along with a fruity inclusion of rye. More smells reveal a bit of toasty grain aspect that blends nicely onto the barrel presence.

The taste includes mild fruity rye flavors with a spicy aspect of the caraway. Some herbal hops are noticed mid-palate before the onset if the smooth rounded flavors of the barrel aging. Vanilla, caramel, toffee and booze are all present. The alcohol is a bit spicy as well.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is smooth yet boozy and complex. It is an interesting and enjoyable offering but I cant say that it really lived up to the hype and expectations that I formed from everyone telling me how amazing it iwas. Good yes, worth giving up an arm and a leg? No.

stakem, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of birchstick
3.85/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours caramel brown / rustic red color without much of a head. Nose is a lot OS bitter hops, some caramel malt, and bourbon notes. Starts off with citrus hops that quickly move to some caramel malts and some molasses. Next up is an explosion of vanilla with some spiciness. The hops are overwhelmed by the vanilla Good mouthfeel with a full body and decent carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty solid barrel aged barley wine. The barrel characteristics dominate everything else on the tongue, which make this a little one-dimensional. Pretty solid, but I don't think it's worth the trouble trading for.

birchstick, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to both Mages64 and AleWatcher for getting me bottles of this in separate BIFs. Bottle shared last night at the barrel-aged barleywine tasting. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Poured a moderate copper-brown color with a small off-white dome that diminished quickly, leaving behind some sparse spotty lacing.

The nose came forward fairly strong with the caraway seeds and rye. Mild undertones of bourbon along with light caramel. Toffee there as well. Not too complex, but nice. The flavor was a bit better with the bourbon coming out more and the caraway and rye falling into a smaller percentage of the perceivable characteristics. Mildly sweet.

Medium body with light carbonation, still appropriate for the style. Light booze and a bit of caraway and rye spice. Pretty good, but not my favorite of the night.

Thorpe429, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.9/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Batch 1, which is 2010 I think. Big thanks to SteveFinny for this.

3.0 A: Pours a syrupy, lightly hazed, deep amber color. Couldn't muster much of a head, but there is a bit of lacing left.

4.0 S: Wow this is rye-ey. Total rye bomb. Never smelled a beer anything like this. Huge spicy earthiness. The barrel treatment pales in comparison to what the rye offers, but is a pleasant welcomed addition nonetheless. Leathery, with melon and hints of vanilla and oak. The caraway seeds are also quite powerful and offer a bold aroma that adds another unique layer. Plum and fig fruitiness, though in all honesty, is held underneath by the more aggressive rye and caraway aromas.

4.0 T: Like the nose, the taste is also outspoken by rye and caraway. Unbelievable amounts of spicy earthiness. Bourbon seems like an afterthought again, offering leather, melon, and vanilla. Plum, fig, and date fruitiness. Booze is very well hidden. Maple syrup-esque sweetness.

3.5 M: Heavier body. Moderately undercarbonated. Super syruppy, which might have been cut some if there was enough carbonation. Still, not bad.

4.0 D: Tasty, unique beer. I thought I would like this more since I love rye beers, but I've found that rye might make a better side kick than main attraction. Still, more than happy to give this a go and I enjoyed it quite a bit.

DavoleBomb, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of spicelab
3.93/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to MrKennedy. 2010 and 2011 vintages back-to-back. Review is for the 2010, which was marginally superior.

Muddy, turbid mahogany with a minimal saffron head that abates summarily to a collar.

Upfront pungent savoury malt character, with strong notes of brandied caramel and liquorice. Behind is mild spicy rye, some dry woodiness and a nice sharpness from the caraway seed. I was sceptical about this latter addition but it works well.

Stats out with even more rich malt character. Brandy snap, coconut, golden syrup puddings, treacle, molasses and evident booze. Verges on cloyingly sweet initially, until the previously MIA rye and caraway gradually weaves its way in.

Syrupy and rich with mild booze warmth. Even and satisfying.

Initially nonplussed, but this grew and grew on me over the course. Would probably be a pretty ordinary Barleywine without the rye, caraway and barrel treatment, but the subtlety in which those elements are applied makes for quite a classy brew.

spicelab, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour provided by cbanker at the blind barrel aged barleywine tasting hosted by DarthKostrizer.

Pours a slightly murky brown with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, wood, and bourbon aromas. Taste is very much the same as well. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good barleywine but not as good as I was hoping it would be.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of sidetracked
3.98/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Revolution's Kedzie Brewery grand opening.

Pours a dark, muddy brown with a substantial light brown cascading head. Head lingers creating a ton of lacing.

Aroma of bourbon, sweet caramel malt, some dark fruits and alcohol.

Upfront taste is sweet with caramel and dark fruits mixing with a little bourbon and wood. Boozy sweet finish of bourbon, wood, and dark fruits. Lingering bourbon flavor.

Full bodied and syrupy with medium carbonation. Moderate alcohol heat.

Good, but not nearly as good as Central Waters BBBW from last night at Local Option.

5/25/2012

sidetracked, May 26, 2012
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -10.1%

acurtis, May 04, 2013
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 1. Thanks to Evan for this one. Shared at a tasting 12/8. From notes. 4oz Into a snifter.

Light cream colored head with no retention. Spotty lace with little stick. Beer is cloudy dark brown. Average given the style.

Caramel, brown sugar, molasses and some slightly boozy undertones. Mellow but very appetizing and robust at the same time.

Brown sugar, caramel, molasses. A light nuttiness in the middle with notes of sweet bourbon fading in and out. Mellow sweet, syrupy finish with maple syrup and brown sugar in the aftertaste. Great balance.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth in the mouth and warm going down. Mellow finish with a slightly sticky, lingering aftertaste. Hides the ABV incredibly well. Can't believe this one's 11%.

I'm a big fan of the base beer here and this is just as good if not better. So smooth in the mouth with an incredibly balanced flavor profile. Just super solid the whole way around.

SpeedwayJim, Dec 09, 2012
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Bourbon Barrel Aged Hi-Fi Rye from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.